Saturday, February 12, 2011

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ever find that one thing at a restaurant that you absolutely LOVE, but don't want to go broke eating there all the time?  Yeah, I'm like that at nearly every restaurant.  But usually, it's just not the same making it at home.  Once in awhile though, you get lucky.

That's how it is for me and my homemade lettuce wraps.  I fell in love with the flavor of the wraps from Yang Kee Noodle at Oxmoor Mall here in Louisville, so I decided to give it a shot at home.  I haven't done a side-by-side taste test, but regardless, these are pretty darn good!

Louisville Food Geek Lettuce Wraps

1 lb. ground turkey/chicken
2 t chopped ginger
1 med. onion, chopped
1 can sliced water chestnuts, chopped
2 T lime juice
2 T stir fry sauce
1 t garlic powder
4 T Ken's lite Asian Sesame dressing, divided
1/2 t ground ginger
Iceberg lettuce

Saut√© onion and chopped ginger in cooking spray until almost translucent.  Add lime juice and 2 T dressing.  Stir.  Add water chestnuts and meat and stir until cooked through.  Add stir fry sauce and remaining dressing.  Season to taste with garlic and ground ginger.  Serve with lettuce leaves.

If you can't find the dressing in the store, you can make do with 1 T Hoisin sauce, 1 t fish sauce, 1 T soy sauce, and 1 T oyster sauce and increase the chopped ginger a bit (just taste it, you can't really go wrong).  I mix up 1 T lime juice and 1 T soy sauce in a small ramekin as a dipping sauce.  This will make a large meal for 2 people, a normal meal for 4, or a perfect appetizer for 6-8.

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